The Great In­dian Jewel Brief

In­dian Jew­ellery is evolv­ing and how! Smita Bal­ram Ku­mar pre­sents the lat­est jew­el­box trends

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

Cos­tume jew­ellery is no longer ‘ fake’. De­signer cos­tume jew­ellery rep­re­sents ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with atyp­i­cal ma­te­ri­als— brass, pol­ished white metal, acrylic, glass, beads, syn­thetic colourful stones— and bolder de­sign sen­si­bil­i­ties. “I use brass, cop­per, steel, wire, zip­per, sil­ver, acrylic— any­thing that catches my fan­tasy,” says Hy­der­abad- based Suhani Pit­tie, who is listed amongst the top ten in­ven­tive and in­ge­nious jew­ellery de­sign­ers in the world by the World Gold Coun­cil.

Her work is in­spired by the Charmi­nar, an­ces­tral havelis, street dancers, ban­gle mak­ers, lo­cal kumhars ( pot­ters), by- lanes, old pho­to­graphs, pan­the­ism and pa­gan­ism. “I do not fol­low trends. My work com­bines con­tra­dic­tory el­e­ments. Unapolo­get­i­cally in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic and fiercely hon­est. Each piece should be a di­a­logue. It needs to have cul­tural ref­er­ence. It must orig­i­nate in his­tory and tran­scend into to­day,” says the de­signer.

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